Baghdad - INA
The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasoul, announced today, Monday, that the withdrawal of the international coalition forces towards Kuwait came within the outcomes of the strategic dialogue, while referring to the development of plans to secure polling stations and protect the voter .
Rasoul told the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "the international coalition forces that withdrew towards Kuwait are the first force to withdraw from Iraq," noting that "this came within the outcomes of the strategic dialogue, especially after Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi's visit to the United States of America."
He added, "The withdrawal process will continue until the 31st of next December," noting that "the rest are advisors only for the purpose of training and they will be protected by the Iraqi forces ."
He added, "These forces were not really combative, because the Iraqi forces are the ones who fight and liberate."
And regarding the investigation into the fire at Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital, Rasoul confirmed, “There is an investigation committee that was formed by Al-Kadhimi ’s order regarding the causes of the fire in the hospital,” noting that “the investigation takes time, and then the results are presented to the Prime Minister, and then time … and then presented to the Al-Kadhmi and then it will be published.”
With regard to securing the elections, the spokesperson for the Commander in Chief stated that “securing the elections is not the first time, and the Iraqi armed forces have drawn up plans, and there is diligent work by the joint operations to secure the electoral centers and ensure freedom for the voter to reach the electoral center,” noting that “our mission will be to secure polling stations.” Voting, and we have nothing to do with working inside the polling station.”
Last Saturday, the international coalition forces led by the United States of America announced the withdrawal of their OTH forces from Iraq to their original bases at Camp Boring in Kuwait.